Walls won't help, we need cure for the virus

Published: Sat 25 Jan 2020, 10:03 PM

Last updated: Wed 29 Jan 2020, 1:30 PM

The Chinese have always had a fascination with walls - the Great Wall of China was built to keep the invaders out. Yet, they soon realised that walls don't stop things from coming in.
Now they have put up another set of walls around a number of cities, initially Wuhan, to stop the coronavirus from making its way to other parts of the country but walls have failed them again.
Coronavirus has started to spread, and we see desperate attempts being made to stop its spread, but the emphasis must be on curing rather than just containing the problem. The modern world moves too fast for walls to work.
The real dilemma is to find a solution using the full range of scientific research including vaccinations, often under attack from the ignorant and antibiotics which are starting to fail in many cases because of their overuse. There is a need for massive increase in funding for medical research.
- Dennis Fitzgerald, Melbourne, Australia

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